All presentations will be held at the Ronald Williams Library, 4th floor, Room LIB 412, unless stated otherwise.

Monday, October 28, 2019

9:30-10:20 A.m.

​Pride and Pressure: What it Means to Be a First-Generation College Student
Presenter: Erin Long (TRIO Student Support Services)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Students will have the opportunity to reflect and share about their experience as a first-generation college student. Participants will be able to create visual representations of their experience for use in the National First Gen Day to be held on Nov. 8, 2019.

10:30-11:20 a.m.

​Utilizing Education as a Tool for Personal Development
Presenter: Pinkey Stewart (Director, NEIU Project Success)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

While students enter colleges and universities to gain formal education to prepare for careers, they may not make the connection between education growth and personal growth/personal development. This interactive session guides participants through a process to identify, seize and/or create opportunities for personal development in and outside of the classroom.
 

11:30 a.m.-12:20 P.M.

The Struggle is Real
Presenter: Velshay Stokes (NEIU Student Success and Retention)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

During college, students often face personal adversities that they’re not sure how to handle. Being a recent graduate, I want to encourage the students by sharing a part of my story and giving tips that helped me persist. My goal is to motivate them through transparency and honesty.

1-1:50 P.M.

Demystifying the Verification Process
Presenter: Maureen Amos (NEIU Office of Financial Aid)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Understand why the process of verification exists, what elements of the FAFSA are verified, what documents are typically required  and the importance of submitting all verification documents in a timely manner. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy Requirement)

2:20-3:10 P.M.

Conflict Management: Concepts and Stategies
Presenter: Tyler Smith (NEIU Ombuds)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This interactive session will provide students with an overview of basic principles of conflict engagement as well as a range of practical strategies for managing and resolving conflict constructively. This session will also offer a brief overview of the Ombuds Office as a resource for students.

4:15-5:05 P.M.

Grow From Within
Presenter: Nicole Vale (NEIU First-Year Experience)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation will explore the idea of a growth mindset and how deeper learning and understanding can contribute to a more successful college experience. Through a growth mindset students are able to get more out of their education and more effectively utilize the skills learned in the classroom, making the content applicable outside of the classroom.

5:40-6:30 P.M.

The Truth About Happiness
Presenter: TJ Jordan (Counseling Group Facilitator)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop will focus on the cycle of happiness, the cycle of thrills and hangovers, myths about happiness, and concrete ways to become more content and fulfilled in your own life. It includes a brief lecture accompanied by opportunities for reflection and discussion amongst participants.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

9:30-10:20 A.M.

Love Your Lungs: The Truth About Vaping
Presenter: Jennifer Lasko (NEIU Student Health Services)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Following the CDC research on the epidemic of illness and death in relations to vaping.

10:50-11:40 A.M.

Five things you can do to grow your vocabulary in college and beyond
Presenter: Teodora Burian
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

How many words do you know? According to some sources, and eight year old knows about 10,000 words while adults know anywhere between 30,000 and 42,000 words. Why not work on acquiring new words more actively? Come to this workshop to find out how you too can start collecting and remembering words that you have not met before.

12:15-1:05 P.M.

Budgeting, Borrowing, and Making Good Economic Decisions
Presenters: Scott Hegerty (NEIU Department of Economics)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Using economics concepts such as cost-benefit analysis and understanding the value of money, we discuss how to make better choices in how we spend our scarce time and money. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy Requirement)

1:40-2:30 P.M.

Ready, Set, Launch: Tips for on the Job Success
Presenters: Leslie Alter (NEIU College of Business and Management)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Learn tips for making a great first impression at internships and entry-level jobs. This presentation will include Do's and Don'ts provided by professionals who hire interns and recent graduates on topics such as office attire, professional writing, entry-level office skills, and office etiquette.

3:05-3:55 P.M.

Knowing Your Rights in an Encounter With Police
Presenter: Daniel Massoglia (First Defense Legal Aid)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

First Defense Legal Aid's Know Your Rights training will equip persons to assert their Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment Rights in an encounter with a police, preventing unnecessary system engagement, coerced confessions, and violence.

4:15-5:05 P.M.

Health is the New #Mood
Presenter: Brenda Cruz (NEIU First-Year Experience)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop will provide tips and knowledge on how to maintain good health and wellness; from quick meals on the go to stress management techniques. The goal is to have participants walk away with at least one piece of knowledge that will enhance their self-care.

5:40-6:30 P.M.

Professionalism 101: Can Social Media Help Me Build a Career?
Presenter: William Escalante (TRIO Student Support Services)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This presentation will discuss social media and how to use it, specifically LinkedIn, to help you develop a professional identity online and make contacts to improve professional opportunities. Bring your laptop (or use one of the TRIO laptops) and get started crafting an online professional identity.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

9:30-10:20 A.M.

Become Academically LIT
Presenter: Stephanie Herrera (Oakton Community College)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
 
During this presentation students will learn about learning and motivational strategies to get you through the semester, such as the "College Learning Maintenance" "Test-Taking Strategies" and ways to enhance critical thinking.

10:30-11:20 A.M.

Know Your On-Campus Student Resources
Presenter: Drew Andrade (NEIU Student Affairs)

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This presentation will provide information from where the NEIU Student Pantry gets its donations and what resources it offer to students, and about the Power Closet, which provides professional attire to all students seeking career development.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 P.M.

Managing College Costs
Presenter: Lillian Butler-Ludwig (Illinois Student Assistance Commission)

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This presentation will cover: managing college costs, how to save, plan for college, scholarships, working on campus. This includes evaluating award letters to understand financial aid packages, how to find and apply for scholarships. Finally, we’ll play College Jeopardy to increase awareness about college.

1-1:50 P.M.

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter
Presenter: Lillian Butler-Ludwig (Illinois Student Assistance Commission)

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This presentation will cover evaluating award letters to understand financial aid packages. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy Requirement.)

2:20-3:10 P.M.

Organize Your Mind
Presenters: Nicole Vale (NEIU First-Year Experience)

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This presentation will go over strategies for effective organization and time management skills that will promote success in and after college. A variety of strategies will be offered in order to cater to different types of students and benefit anyone who would like to sharpen their organization methods and time management skills.

4:15-5:05 P.M.

College Reading Strategies
Presenters: Amanda Kmetz

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
Have you ever had to read something for a class, and after you've finished reading, you ask yourself, "What did I just read?" If your answer is yes, this workshop is for you! You will learn strategies and techniques to read actively to improve your reading comprehension and retention.

5:40-6:30 P.M.

Understanding the Hiring Process at Illinois DCFS
Presenters: Ivia Ortega (Department of Children and Family Services)

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This session will explain the process of applying for employment with the State of Illinois, specifically for the Department of Children and Family Services, as well as the interview process.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

9:30-10:20 A.M.

Breakfast with TRIO
Presenters: TRIO SSS Staff
Audience: TRIO students

Come and share a light breakfast with the NEIU TRIO SSS Staff and have an informal conversation about your experience as a TRIO student; what do you like, and how can we improve to better support your success.

10:50-11:40 A.M.

Should I Study Abroad?
Presenters: Claudia Gonzalez (NEIU Office of International Programs)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

The presentation will show the benefits of studying abroad. What the Office of International Programs offers, such as faculty led programs, student exchange programs, and specialized summer programs that our partner university offers.

12:15-1:05 P.M.

The Science of a Resume
Presenter: Lynette Correa-Velez (NEIU Career Development Center)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

The "Science of a Resume" workshop is an experiential learning session which will delve into career coaching learners of all ages on the technical formatting of creating a successful resume using culturally-relevant pedagogy with a Human Resource personnel lens. The session will be facilitated by Assistant Director of Career Development Lynette Correa-Velez, M.Ed., who has more than 16 years of career development experience.

1:40-2:30 P.M.

Where Did My Money Go?
Presenter: Crystal D'Andrea (NEIU First-Year Experience)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

I will give a brief presentation about needs and wants and how college life is here at NEIU through personal experience. I'm an advocate for health and nutrition while also having a great time with friends. Thus, I will be providing students with a budget worksheet to help see where their money goes. Money is a taboo subject, at least in some families. But if people are more open and willing to discuss money, there could be less financial stress and more success within the home. Knowing how to handle money teaches one how to be resourceful, both in and out of school. Let's start now. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy Requirement)

3:05-3:55 P.M.

Learning Healthy Help-Seeking Behavior
Presenter: Christopher Maxwell (NEIU Dean of Students Office)
Audience: Students

Learn how to view help as more than a survival tactic, but as a means to seek constant improvement in self and validate levels of relationships with others.

4:15-5:05 P.M.

​Health is the New #Mood
Presenter: Brenda Cruz (NEIU First-Year Experience)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop will provide tips and knowledge on how to maintain good health and wellness; from quick meals on the go to stress management techniques. The goal is to have participants walk away with at least one piece of knowledge that will enhance their self-care.

5:40-6:30 P.M.

​Relieving Stress Before a Test
Presenter: Rachel Schaffnit (TRIO Student Support Services)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop aims to help students understand test anxiety and provides tips on methods of how to cope with it.

Friday, November 1, 2019

9:30-10:20 A.M.

The Big Six
Presenter: Jesse Rutschman (TRIO Student Support Services)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop will explore Gallup's findings from "The Big Six College Experiences Linked to Life Preparedness." Participants will evaluate their own college experiences and set relevant goals that will them lead them to better workplace success, confidence, and well-being. Resources and tips will be shared to put these six experiences within reach.

10:30-11:20 A.M.

K(NO)W MORE!
Presenter: Shannon Mabee (NEIU Student Health Services)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

Have you ever witnessed or observed something that concerned you, or wanted to help someone in need? This program covers why people sometimes don’t intervene or help, and then empowers them with the skills and confidence to do so in the future. This approach can be applied to a wide variety of situations including alcohol and other drug use, relationship concerns, mental health challenges and more.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 P.M.

All About Scholarships
Presenter: Lillian Butler-Ludwig (Illinois Student Assistance Commission)

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
This presentation will cover how to find and apply for scholarships. (Meets TRIO Financial Literacy Requirement)

1-1:50 P.M.

College Knowledge Jeopardy
Presenter: Lillian Butler-Ludwig (Illinois Student Assistance Commission)

Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students
We’ll play College Jeopardy to increase awareness about college.

2-2:50 P.M.

How I Went from a 2.68 GPA in College to a 3.78 GPA in Graduate School
Presenter: Joshua Friedberg (NEIU Alumnus)
Audience: TRIO students, NEIU students

This workshop is suitable for all, but especially for students who struggle with time management, perfectionism, and seeking academic support. It will include practical tips that I have learned about these areas plus ones on writing great papers and research, plus relevant parts of my story that others can appreciate.

 

Information will be provided in Spring 2020.

Registration is now open for the Fall 2019 Leading and Learning Week. 

 

Proposals are now closed for Fall 2019

The TRIO Leading and Learning Week is an opportunity for students, staff, faculty and community members to share knowledge that impacts success in higher education. It is a five-day individual development opportunity coordinated by the TRIO Student Support Services Program with presentations/workshops by faculty, staff, students, and NEIU supporters. 

Interested in presenting in the future? Contact us at triosss@neiu.edu.